Joseph Mallord William Turner

Peristyle of the House of Pansa, Pompeii

1819

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15759
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 12

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is the ruined peristyle or inner court of the Casa di Pansa (House of Pansa), a large Pompeian residence which occupies an entire block in the west of the city, entered from the Via delle Terme. Turner’s viewpoint looks toward the north-west corner of the sixteen-columned portico surrounding a sunken pool. Some of the columns still have their Ionic capitals. For further sketches and a general discussion of Turner’s visit to Pompeii see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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